Posts Tagged ‘release’

  

My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” (Psalm‬ ‭102‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

As we sat in the car, you could feel the agony in the atmosphere. “Robert” no longer cared what anyone, even God, thought about him. His addiction meant more to him that family or career. That abandonment moment would last for several years, leaving many scars. Yet, could he change?

The scripture paints a picture of a man in deep dejection, loneliness, despair. He feels his life is ebbing away like the evening shadows and there’s so little time left for him. He says, “I’m withering away like grass.” Have you ever felt like that? And what do you do if you ever feel like that? 

Robert’s life eventually turned around, but only after great prices were paid. Do what the psalmist did instead. He looked away from himself, his own situation, he lifted up his eyes to the Lord and he saw the Lord by faith, on His throne, and he realized that the Lord doesn’t change with our situations and circumstances. The Lord is always on His throne! He never abdicates; He’s always in total control! Rest in His care and control! You are loved! 

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But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ NLT)

When Thérèse Bartholomew’s brother, Stephen Leone, was murdered on the night of February 12, 2003, her life fell apart. As she left the courtroom after seeing the accused for the first time and feeling a compassion for her brother’s murderer, she broke down, confessing her confusion to her husband, “If I forgive this person, does it mean I don’t love my brother?”

The grace and forgiveness of God is our greatest gift that God gives us. Our sense of justice is strong when we are wronged, but we plead for mercy when Justice comes knocking on our own door. So it is an affront to God’s loving nature if we stay angry while asking for forgiveness. Why should He give it when we’ve done worse towards Him?!

As you spend time praying today, start with forgiveness. You and I need it, but we also need to give it to those that have hurt us. Forgiveness isn’t easy, so ask God to help you. Don’t stifle God’s work in you! Move on! You are loved today!

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Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!” (Psalms‬ ‭55‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

It was just one of the “Perfect Storm” moments. You know, where about 5 stressful, painful situations all came to a head in a day. Any one of these alone were brutal, but all at once?! And there I was, a grown man, sitting on my couch, home alone, with a blanket over my head so I could hide and cry, wishing I could sprout wings and fly away, never to hurt again.

We all reach those breaking points; it’s not “un-normal”. Just as the psalmist desired to run away, we do too. But fear is a cruel task master, one that must be broken or else it will seep like a contagious disease into every other area of our life. No other sin destroys faith like fear, yet nothing pleases the Father’s heart like faith.

So, you have a choice: stay lingering in fear, our take a measured step of faith towards a deliverance. You can’t be brave on your own, you must let God make you brave. As Ephesians 6 says, when you’ve done all you can, just stand still. Then in that place of calm surrender, God will fight your battle and win! Never give up, never surrender! You are strong today!